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Student Handbook 2020-2021 
Student Handbook 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mission of the University

The University of Scranton

The University of Scranton is a Catholic and Jesuit university animated by the spiritual vision and the tradition of excellence characteristic of the Society of Jesus and those who share its way of proceeding. The University is a community dedicated to the freedom of inquiry and personal development fundamental to the growth in wisdom and integrity of all who share its life.

Characteristics and Goals

As a Catholic and Jesuit University, The University of Scranton will:

  1. Share with all the fullness of the Catholic intellectual tradition, the distinctive worldview of the Christian Gospels, and the Spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola.
  2. Educate men and women for others who are committed to the service of faith and promotion of justice.
  3. Invite persons from other religious traditions and diverse backgrounds to share in our work and contribute to our missions.

As a Comprehensive University, The University of Scranton will:

  1. Offer degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the traditional disciplines of the liberal arts as well as in pre-professional and professional areas.
  2. Provide educational opportunities and support programs that promote the mission of the University, meet the needs and interests of traditional and non-traditional students, and serve the needs of the local region.

As a University in the Liberal Arts Tradition, The University of Scranton will:

  1. Offer undergraduate students a core curriculum in the Jesuit tradition based on the arts and sciences.
  2. Impart to students the importance of gathering, evaluating, disseminating, and applying information using traditional and contemporary methods.
  3. Provide learning experiences that reach beyond the fundamental acquisition of knowledge to include understanding interactions and syntheses through discussion, critical thinking, and application.
  4. Promote a respect for knowledge and a lifelong commitment to learning, discernment and ethical decision making.

As a Caring Community, The University of Scranton will:

  1. Foster a spirit of caring, grounded in Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, that enables all members of our community to engage fully in our mission, according to their needs and interests.
  2. Facilitate the personal growth and transformation of all members of the University community through a spirit of caring.
  3. Extend this spirit of caring to the wider community through civic engagement and service.
  4. Enhance our sense of community by demonstrating high standards and care for our physical environment.

As a Dynamic Institution, The University of Scranton will:

  1. Develop goals and aspirations by systematically reflecting on opportunities for and challenges to fulfilling our mission.
  2. Fulfill our mission through careful planning and management of resources in order to achieve our aspirations while remaining affordable to our students.
  3. Engage the University community in purposefully monitoring progress toward the accomplishment of our mission.